Nigel Flanagan, whose parents are from Mayo and Galway, became a City of London Freeman.
The honor was bestowed upon him in a ceremony full of ancient pageantry.
This was in recognition of his life of public service and his fundraising efforts for a large number of charitable causes for the London Ambulance Service NHS.
Nigel qualified as a paramedic in 2003 and spent the last 19 years of his career working for the NHS.
In December 2012, Nigel launched the Operational Children’s Presents Appeal, soliciting gift donations for very sick children who spend Christmas Day in hospital. This annual appeal has been a huge success, with donations going to hospitals and children’s hospices in London and beyond.
In 2012 Nigel raised funds for a minibus for Charley Chaplin Adventure Playschool Kennington, London.
In 2014 funds were raised for the St. Matthews Project, Brixton, to help keep children and young adults off the streets.
Mr Flanagan received an invitation in May 2015 to attend Her Majesty The Queen’s garden party at Buckingham Palace.
The following year, Nigel received a VIP award from the London Ambulance Service for his professionalism.
In 2020 he was involved in collecting donations and giving them to Chris Wilds for his campaign to help homeless teenagers leaving the care system across London at the age of 16.
Nigel has coordinated the Foodbank operation across London for the past three years during the pandemic.
This involves collecting food donations across the London Ambulance Area network and delivering them to food banks for the most vulnerable and in need.
In 2021, Nigel and his paramedic team donated to 40 food banks, which was an incredible achievement.
Nigel’s father Sean Flanagan is from Ballindine and his mother Maureen Flanagan (née Heneghan) is from Tuam, Co. Galway.
Nigel is married to Carly and they have three young children, Alana, Arlo and Albie, and they reside in Lingfield, Surrey, England.
Mr Flanagan said: “This is a great year for Irish recognition by the City of London following the recent Freedom award to Eoin Morgan and Ed Sheeran.
“I am proud and extremely honored to have been named Freeman of the City of London. I am delighted to have participated in such a prestigious event which is part of the rich history of the city. It is a huge privilege.”